PHOTO courtesy Renaissance Curaçao Resort and Casino
Curaçao is one of the most beautiful islands in the Dutch Caribbean. Snorkelers and scuba divers love looking at the marine life at the expansive coral reefs at Blue Bay. Hikers can’t get enough of Christoffel National Park – the island’s largest national park that has wild orchids – the Palabrua, a rare native barn owl, Curacao White Tailed deer (of which there are only about 250 left) and much more.
History buffs love the pontoon bridge that was built way back in 1888, and art buffs enjoy the Octagon Museum which is home to the Simón Bolívar exhibit. There’s something for everyone on Curacao, which is part of the ABC group of islands along with Aruba and Bonaire.
The island is also home to multiple resorts, such as the Renaissance Curaçao Resort and Casino, which is located in Willemstad and is part of the many great packages offered by Exclusive Group Travel.
This colorful resort offers 223 rooms and 14 suites for its guests, some of which come with balconies to enjoy the picturesque views of the Caribbean. Relax in your room with complimentary coffee and tea service, mini refrigerators and wet bars while you get caught up watching movies or your favorite shows on the LCD TV that comes with international cable.
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Better yet, get out and enjoy the atmosphere. Walk near the crystal clear water or work up a sweat at the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center, which includes free weights, an elevated infinity pool, and an on-site jogging trail. There are things to do for the entire family, including the wee little travelers. Golfers will love combining island relaxation with 18 holes nearby the casino, although the costs are not included in your package. Of course, there’s slot machines all around so try your hand at lady luck.
Explore the island by taking a Curacao jeep safari or an eco trip on a catamaran and learn about the island’s ecology. Curacao is perfect for a challenging try at rappeling or rock-climbing too. You can also walk around one of the island’s "salinas" (saltpans), where large colonies of flamingos can still be found.
After a day of sightseeing or an exhausting day laying on the beach doing much of nothing, you are bound to build up an appetite. You can choose from a variety of dining options, including a steak at the Resort’s Xquisit Steakhouse or a snack and drink at the Blue Lobby or Infinity Beach Bar. The Bistro Le Clochard offers French cuisine, the Anchor Waterfront Bar & Restaurant has fare for the seafood lovers, and Emma-Tei offers authentic Japanese cuisine.
Curacao also makes a great backdrop for a romantic destination wedding and the Renaissance Curaçao Resort and Casino can accommodate up to 252 guests when it comes to your big day.
Renaissance Curaçao Resort and Casino offers an Experience Inclusive package which includes unlimited premium brand beverages and frozen drinks, breakfast or breakfast buffet, a lunch box if you want to take it with you while you explore the island, daily a Ia carte or buffet dinner and a casino match play coupon of $10 per adult per-stay.